September 11, 2013 Leave a comment
Chipper Jones Now Available Through IMG Speakers
Born a high school coach’s son in DeLand, Florida, Larry Wayne ‘Chipper’ Jones Jr. turned a love for the sport of baseball at a young age into one of the great careers in Major League Baseball history. Spending his entire 22-year professional career with the Atlanta Braves, perhaps no player is more closely associated with the franchise than Jones.
Jones was selected as the first overall pick in the 1990 draft, chosen by the Braves directly out of high school as an 18-year-old. It would take him just three years to reach the majors, joining the ‘big club’ as a September call-up, and becoming the youngest player in the league at the time. During his first full season with Atlanta, he led all first-year players in both runs batted in and runs scored, finishing second in the Rookie of the Year balloting.
It was no coincidence that Jones’ arrival with the Braves also marked one of the greatest stretches of success by a team in baseball history. Behind both his talent and leadership, Atlanta won 11 consecutive National League East Championships from 1995 through 2005, while claiming three National League Pennants and winning the World Series in 1995 — to date, the only championship among the major professional sports franchises in the history of the city of Atlanta.
Jones was named the Most Valuable Player of the National League in 1999, after batting .319 with 45 home runs and leading the Braves to a World Series appearance. He was an eight-time All-Star selection and the 1999 and 2000 National League Silver Slugger for third base, awarded to the best hitter at the position in the league. Moreover, Jones was the unquestioned leader in the Braves’ clubhouse during his career, transitioning the team from its period of success in the late 1990’s into the new millennium.
Jones ended his career as one of only two switch hitters in the game’s history with over 5,000 at bats to hit at least .300 from each side of the plate, and his 1,623 runs batted in are the most by any player in Major League history whose primary position was third base. On June 28th, 2013, Jones’ number ‘10’ was retired by the Braves and he was inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame.